Influences on the teaching of Arabic and Islamic studies in UK higher education: Connections and disconnections

Lisa Bernasek, John Canning

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    Abstract

    Middle Eastern Studies, modern foreign languages and Islamic Studies have been recognized by the UK government as strategically important subjects in higher education. Motivated by government concerns about lack of knowledge about the Middle East and the radicalization of British Muslims, this designation has complex implications for the teaching and learning of Arabic language and Islamic Studies. Factors influencing the teaching of these disciplines in the UK are characterized by connections and disconnections which are historical, political, geographical and motivational.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)259-275
    Number of pages17
    JournalArts and Humanities in Higher Education
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009

    Keywords

    • Arabic
    • Community languages
    • Islamic Studies
    • Middle Eastern Studies
    • Strategically important subjects

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